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Medical Mysteries: Cancer patient was given no hope, but fought anyway
The Washington Post

Sitting in a Washington coffee shop, Dana Deighton looks fit, a stylish gold pin affixed to her black wool cape. After shipping her three children off to school, she had taken a brisk three-mile walk before heading downtown to her job as a marketing director at National Geographic Expeditions. Observing her, it is hard to reconcile her apparently robust health with the heart-stopping advice a doctor gave her last year: Get your affairs in order, your life expectancy is measured in months.

In July 2012, Deighton, now 44, developed rashes followed by severe joint and stomach pain. Later that year, she was told she had lupus, an autoimmune disorder that can damage organs.